The Fort Salem Earthwork
(aka The Workman Works)
Just over a year ago, an overgrown piece of history was gradually being absorbed by time and nature.
In our chronological photo pictorial, you will see a transformation from its fading existence to a reclaimed part of Ohio’s long
history and deep personal commitment by a new friend.
The mound gained a new neighbor just over a year ago. The new neighbor, William “Bill” Bear, began restoring an old farm house
and its properties just across the country road from the Fort Salem Mound. Bill’s love of history was just what the old mound
needed in its new neighbor. This gave way to the building of a relationship between Bill and his new “friend” across the road.
It was the beginning of an adventure in which both would experience change.
The project began as the farm restoration was taking shape and finishing touches were being added. Any new visitor to Bill’s
place was informed about the old Indian mound on the other hill. However, neglect and years of overgrowth hid any signs of the old mound.
Bill made a commitment to restore this forgotten piece of history for all to experience and enjoy. Clearing began, equipment was purchased,
men were committed and the mound was visible for the first time in many years.
As you begin your chronological picture journey in the image gallery, you will see the grape vines and other growth completely
covering the property. The beautiful and majestic Beech trees were not even visible. The first efforts were done to the road side
of the mound. These changes included a deep clean of the earth. The brush was cut, raked and burned, then raked and burned again.
Trees were cut, stumps removed and the sweat ran. Eventually grass seed was sewn, straw was strewn and the ancient earthwork rose
from the groomed landscape.
The project has not been without its problems. A groundhog had taken up residence inside the mound. The critter had no intentions of
leaving. Finally, a no-harm trap was brought in to catch and remove the groundhog. The contrary groundhog finally found the trap and
was caught. He was then released unharmed at a different location. After the groundhog was relocated, the grass began to grow, and the
mound began to look alive again.
Feeling the project was just not complete, Bill brought men and machines back onto the mound property to work at clearing the remaining
property surrounding the Fort Salem Mound, you will see the final step towards the end of the pictorial. After hours, days, weeks of
sweat and determination, one man’s personal commitment has resurrected the property to its original beauty for all to experience for
generations to come. Upon a visit, one will find a gravel parking lot with a rock entrance to park, and then walk the beautiful ancient
Your comments and questions are welcome. You can email Bill in the request information area. Bill will get back to you.